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  • Judge Seeks Arrest of Ex-Minister Charged in Beirut Blast

    9/16/2021

    The lead judge investigating Lebanon’s massive port explosion last year issued an arrest warrant Thursday for a former government minister who failed to appear for questioning, the state-run National News agency reported.

    Youssef Fenianos, the former public works minister, is one of a number of former government officials who have declined to appear before investigating judge Tarek Bitar.

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  • Kosovo Tribunal: KLA Commander Slams 'Gestapo' Court

    9/16/2021

    A tribunal in The Hague opened proceedings against former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commander Salih Mustafa on Wednesday.

    Mustafa's trial is the first to take place at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in the Dutch city of The Hague.

    Mustafa is charged with the murder of a prisoner and torture and ill-treatment of at least six civilians captured during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war against Serbia. The ill-treatment allegedly took place at a makeshift detention center. 

    He is also to stand trial for arbitrary arrests.

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  • ICC to Open Full Investigation into Duterte’s ‘War on Drugs’

    9/16/2021

    The International Criminal Court (ICC) has formally authorized an official probe into alleged crimes against humanity in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs,” dealing a moral victory to human rights defenders and families of victims killed, including innocent children.

    In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Hague-based tribunal said there was “reasonable basis” to proceed with the probe noting that “specific legal element of the crime against humanity of murder” has been met in the crackdown that left thousands dead.

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